In writing these books the co-authors have had two aims. Firstly, to help show with illustrations from early photographic postcards how much of the original City and its suburbs have been lost, and secondly to have presented evidence that allows judgments to be made on the merits of the changes that have occurred, a recurring theme of debate in the City. The photographic evidence used is mainly from the period of 1907 to 1939. This was time when photographic postcards were sufficiently prolific to leave a fairly comprehensive resource showing the built environment of the time. Less often photographs of Victorian Coventry are found, mainly in the form of carte de visites, but they can take us back another fifty years. In order to help date these photographs as well as celebrate the people who took them  the authors have also tried to discover a little of the biographies of these individuals.